The purpose of the Association’s annual conventions is to create business opportunities for members. The circumstances around those opportunities are as varied as the cities we visit. In New Orleans, you may find a little inspiration around a roulette table or perhaps aboard a boat.
The Supplier Associate member section, which is the Association’s co-host for the Supply Summit & Showcase, has expanded networking opportunities in New Orleans. Take a look at what’s in store.
Welcome Party/Casino Night
The traditional Summit opening event will be dialed up a notch this year with a no-risk casino night. The Wednesday night party will include seven blackjack tables, a regulation craps table, roulette table, and Texas Hold’em table.
Attendees will bet with chips. At the end of the night, convert those chips to raffle tickets to win prizes.
Casino night is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and includes heavy appetizers. Stay tuned for details about prizes.
New Orleans Night Out
The annual crawl will bring members to the French Quarter this year. Fortunately, the entertainment district offers the perfect spot to minimize disruptions related to public health protocols and maximize opportunities to network.
Participants will spend the evening at Pat O’Brien’s—a three-in-one bar in the French Quarter. Attendees will network at a piano bar, patio bar, and indoor bar.
Cast your lines in Louisiana’s intercoastal waterways and reel in redfish, speckled trout, flounder, drum fish, and sheepshead, then gather at a nearby restaurant, where they’ll cook what you caught.
The fishing excursion launches from Shell Beach, La. Participants will leave the hotel at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and return around 2:30 p.m.
The captain’s boat is a 25-foot bay boat with a 300-horsepower engine, which is comparable to other boats in the fleet. Each boat will carry three or four Summit attendees.
The excursion costs $330, which includes transportation, fishing, and lunch. Participants must buy a $10 fishing license in advance. The Association will provide a website link to buy the license.
Participation is limited, and registration closes mid-February.
Participants will play the South Course at Bayou Oaks City Park.
The course sits on more than 250 acres that have been restored and were reopened in 2017. It features many of the historic oaks and lagoons characteristic of City Park. The par-72 course is designed to accommodate all levels of play. It stretches from a 5,100-yard course from the short tees to a 7,350-yard course from the long tees.
This 18-hole scramble is 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is $120. The course has a limited number of golf clubs to rent; club rental is $50.
Bayou Country Sporting Clays will host Association members for our annual trap shoot. If you have an extra shotgun and are willing to loan it to another attendee, please contact Sarah Stevener at Sarah@FarmEquip.org. The club only has a few extra guns. The shoot is 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and costs $99.
The Supply Summit also includes the annual walk/run at 6:45 a.m. Thursday.